Increased gas production from Ormen Lange

10/02/2017 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted consent for start-up of the expansion of the gas plant at Nyhamna in Møre og Romsdal County.

This will allow the Ormen Lange field in the Norwegian Sea to increase production by 25-30 billion standard cubic meters (Sm3) of gas.

Nyhamna

Nyhamna (Photo: Shell)

The upgrade – also called Nyhamna expansion – consists of two main parts. The first, expansion of the gas plant, includes land-based compression of gas from Ormen Lange. A new compressor will maintain gas pressure at Nyhamna as pressure in the reservoir drops.

The other part includes export and process facilities for Polarled. This pipeline will transport gas from the future Aasta Hansteen field to Nyhamna.

Polarled compression and export are scheduled to start in the autumn of 2018. Gas from the Dvalin field – with planned start-up in the autumn of 2020 – will also be transported through Polarled.

The expansion will increase Nyhamna's export capacity from 70 to 84 million Sm3 per day. The gas will be exported via the Sleipner A platform in the North Sea to the Easington gas terminal in northeast England.

"This is a large and important project for improved recovery, and onshore compression is the first step. The next step is compression closer to the field," says Kalmar Ildstad of the NPD. He is Assistant Director of Development and Operations in the Norwegian Sea.

The next project for increased gas production from Ormen Lange – which is at a depth of 800-1100 metres – is offshore compression solutions. Shell and its partners are studying different concepts in order to utilise compression when the need occurs – most likely in the mid-2020s.

Ormen Lange was proven in 1997, and production started ten years later. The field's lifetime extends beyond 2035. Shell (17.81 per cent) is the operator and the other licensees are Petoro (36.48), Statoil (25.35), Dong (14.02) and ExxonMobil (6.34).

 

Operator Shell's video:

 

Updated: 10/02/2017

Latest news

Dry well east of the Ormen Lange field in the Norwegian Sea – 6306/9-1
17/01/2022 Lundin Energy Norway AS, operator of production licence 886, is in the process of concluding the drilling of wildcat well 6306/9-1.
Record-high revenues from the Norwegian shelf
13/01/2022 The combination of high production of oil and gas from a total of 94 fields, significant demand and high commodity prices led to a historically high level on the State's revenues from petroleum. Much of this is due to record-high gas prices.
Follow the livestream of The Shelf 2021
12/01/2022 Thursday, 13 January 2022 from 10:00 Director General Ingrid Sølvberg gives a summary of the Shelf in 2021.
Oil discovery near the Fram field in the North Sea – 35/10-7 S and 35/10-7 A
07/01/2022 Equinor Energy AS, operator of production licence 630, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 35/10-7 S and appraisal well 35/10-7 A.
Drilling permit for wells 25/2-23 S, 25/2-23 A and 25/2-23 B
28/12/2021 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Aker BP ASA a drilling permit for wells 25/2-23 S, 25/2-23 A and 25/2-23 B, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Smarter use of data can increase value creation
21/12/2021 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has taken an initiative to discuss with the industry which steps can be taken to increase value creation through better use of data.
Production figures November 2021
21/12/2021 Preliminary production figures for November 2021 show an average daily production of 1 999 000 barrels of oil, NGL and condensate.
Five companies want to store CO2
16/12/2021 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has received applications from five companies in connection with the announcement of two areas associated with injection and storage of CO2 on the Norwegian continental shelf.
Geobank will remain closed
14/12/2021 Due to increasing infection levels, Geobank will close starting from 15 December. This will initially apply until the end of the year.
FactMaps – operational
14/12/2021 FactMaps and related services are now operational again.